Cubs probably won't be a fit for Halladay

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halladay.jpgKen Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of write that the Cubs would love to trade for Roy Halladay, however they would need to clear salary in order to pull off such a deal, according to major league sources.

Halladay is owed $15.75 million in
2010, but the Cubs already have $42.375 million tied up in Carlos
Zambrano, Ryan Dempster and Ted Lilly. Alfonso Soriano and Kosuke
Fukudome are too expensive to move in a trade while Aramis Ramirez is
too valuable. Derek Lee, who makes $13 million next season,
would drum up at least some interest coming off a bounce-back season, however he has a full no-trade clause.

On Friday, Carrie Muskat of had basically the same conclusion,
saying the Cubs can’t take on Halladay’s salary, while also noting that
they are hesitant to part with prospect Starlin Castro.

Face it, any contender would love to
trade for a pitcher of Halladay’s caliber, but the Cubs have more
pressing concerns, namely finding a new center fielder, a second baseman
and a taker for the two years remaining on Milton Bradley’s contract.

David Phelps to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Pitcher David Phelps has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2018 season, the Mariners announced on Wednesday. Phelps was making brief one-inning stints in the Cactus League as he worked his way back from a procedure to remove a bone spur from his elbow last September. He said he felt the ligament tear on his final pitch against the Angels in his March 17 appearance.

Phelps, 31, was expected to set up for closer Edwin Diaz. The right-hander, between the Marlins and Mariners last season, posted a 3.40 ERA with a 62/26 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. He and the Mariners avoided arbitration in January, agreeing on a $5.55 million salary for the 2018 campaign. Phelps will become eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season.

As the Mariners noted in their statement, the expected recovery period for Tommy John surgery is 12-15 months, so this very likely cuts into Phelps’ 2019 season as well.